FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Global Stop TB Partnership begins online consultation

Online consultation begins for worldwide Stop TB plan | Courtesy of cdc.gov

The Stop Tuberculosis (TB) Partnership recently started its online consultation process that will engage large groups of stakeholders in further developing the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020.

Creating the Global Plan must be inclusive to all countries and populations, according to the group whose goal in online consultation is to show a wide range of input that will include perspectives of professional groups, TB constituencies, and people who have not previously been  consulted. The online consultation began Wednesday and will end Aug. 10. All participants are urged to offer comments that are founded on top-line questions.

“What we were really after was transparency and reliability,” Christopher Game, the Global Fund Procurement head, said. “So yes, the price reduction is great, because it will free up money to do more testing. But just as importantly, we now have transparency around the various components of that price, such as transport and machine maintenance.”

Health care workers who are trying to eliminate TB face many difficulties, including complications in just finding patients in various regions around the world.

“Sometimes it takes hours just to find my client,” South African community care worker Songezwa Matrose said.

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